10 Black-Owned Businesses to Support

As a part of my commitment to doing better, I will be sharing and shopping from more Black-owned brands and sharing them on Lemon Stripes and thought I would start today with this list that features clean beauty, colorful clothing, and beautifully minimalist jewelry. I’m excited to try some of the new-t0-me products on this list.

I’m featuring 10 brands and products that resonate with me personally but there are so many other incredible Black-owned businesses to shop so check out this list features over 350 brands if you’re looking for more resources.

1. The Honey Pot Company

A follower told me about this natural feminine care product line a few days ago and when I saw it at Target, I picked up a box of tampons and they’re great. Not all natural tampons are created equal (as you probably have figured out from your own testing) but these are winners. The graphic above explains more about the company and for all of those reasons plus the fact that the product itself is fantastic, I will continue to use and support it.

You can take a quiz on their site to see what products are best for you.

2. The Tiny Tassel

I discovered this happy and colorful brand through Carly’s post yesterday. I could have easily bought everything on the site but I kept myself in check and went with a face mask (lemons) and a headband (blue gingham). The founder Mimi makes all of her tassels and jewelry and her mom makes the garments she sells. They’re all so beautiful and fun!

3. Estelle

I have never wanted more to fill my house with colorful glassware. My birthday present this year (my birthday is still a month away) is going to be a set of their blush pink glasses. I haven’t decided which ones I like yet but it’s between the stemless wine glasses and the champagne coupe. The founder, Stephanie, describes her glassware as jewels for your table. The picture below makes me want to install open shelving and replace all of my glasses! And I don’t think I’ve ever felt the urge to buy a cake stand until right now.

4. Kaike

I have used their Sugar Scrub for exfoliation (great product but a little too oily for my very oily skin) and last night I purchased their green tea clay mask and will report back. The mask is sold out as of this morning but you can get on the waitlist or buy it here.

5. Mateo New York

Anel, feel free to read this section 🙂 Mateo’s minimal jewelry is stunning. This sweet 14K gold initial charm and these tiny gold hoops are my favorites on the site. And if you have a lot of cash to drop, their zodiac pendant necklaces are incredible.

6. Pinkness

I’m hesitant to share a beauty brand without trying it first but I love the ingredient list in this beauty oil and will let you know how it is for my skin once I try it for a week or two.

7. LemLem

I have always loved this sustainable resort-wear brand. The price point is high but everything is made by women in Ethiopia and they donate a portion of all says to the LemLem Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm that helps female artisans in Africa. If you want to support the brand but don’t want to spend the money on their garments, they make accessories like scrunchies and hair turbans that are more affordable. You can also donate directly to the foundation.

8. Island Tribe

Here is another sustainable home and fashion brand (new to me) with a strong mission. Not everything on the site is my style, but this kaftan is gorgeous and I am adding this tote to my birthday wishlist as well.

9. Bevel

I’ve seen this men’s skincare line at Target and bought a cleanser for Anel a few months ago that he really likes. If you’re looking for Father’s Day gifts, this site has a lot of product that looks great.

10. Sensual Candle Co

I bought the Low Key candle because it sounds like my dream mash-up of scents: lemongrass, sage, orange, ginger, and geranium. It looks like this morning all of the candles are sold out but add your name to the waitlist to get one when they become available again.

Update: I found these organic cotton/hemp Aliya Wanek lounge-y seamless sweatshirts after I made the list (via Grace) but I couldn’t not include them after I saw them. I plan to buy the sage Tig sweatshirt as soon as it is back in stock.

I will continue to feature Black-owned brands on Lemon Stripes. Thank you to everyone who has sent me recommendations so far. Please continue to do so!

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  1. Katherine said:

    Swooning over the glassware…. We are actually moving in a few weeks and have a few glass cabinets that these would be beautiful in or I also have a china cabinet that I want to paint and “modernize” and think these would work well…now the hard part, which color to chose!!

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    • Julia said:

      Do a mix! It would look so pretty and happy.

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  2. Amy said:

    Wow I love this, thank you for sharing!

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  3. Jill said:

    Ditto on The Tiny Tassel – it’s all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good work!

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    • Julia said:

      Thanks Jill!

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  4. Kristin said:

    The glassware is stunning. Thank you for highlighting products that are on brand with your style, instead of linking a bunch of token products. This is a small way forward and I hope to see it sustained here.

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  5. Wendy said:

    I know that shopping is the major component of blogging, but as a reader, it feels a bit icky to move so quickly from raising awareness to here’s my birthday wish list. There’s isn’t anything wrong with a wish list, but perhaps consider the optics and tone, as it feels slightly tone-deaf.

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    • Julia said:

      I hear you, Wendy. Thank you for the feedback! My thought process was that although this post is a wish list, it too is raising awareness in a different light. I’m so sorry if it came off as tone-deaf. Noted on my part.

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      • Alexa said:

        Why do you have to apologize?? If it feels right to post something, post it! So many fingers pointing in so many different directions these days..

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  6. Britt said:

    I would love to invest in a set of really luxe sheets. If any readers have a recommendation on a black-owned business to purchase these from (I’m researching as well), I’d love to hear!

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    • Meg said:

      Damsel in Dior did a post on home goods — haven’t fully read it, but maybe she mentioned sheets.

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